Emerging Church— A Road to Interspirituality through mysticism

Beth Moore and the Be Still DVD
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Be Still DVD Advertisement A cast that includes contemplatives Richard Foster, Calvin Miller, Dallas Willard and Jan Johnson will also include evangelicals Beth Moore, Max Lucado and others. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment describes the film:"Featuring interviews with some of today's most highly respected authors, educators, and ministers, Be Still examines the importance of silent, reflective prayer as a way to truly be open to receiving God's guidance. This remarkable film also features a useful 'how to' section that shows how contemplative prayer can be used by anyone at anytime to better one's life and reaffirm that which is truly important." Chapter titles include: Contemplative prayer, Cloud of Witness, Being Still, and Sounds of Stillness.

Many have asked us whether Beth Moore has placed a statement on her website denouncing her involvement with the new Be Still DVD that Fox Home Entertainment just released this month. As of the writing of this newsletter, the answer is no. And after having viewed the DVD, I think I can understand why. There is no indication on the DVD that Beth Moore is against contemplative prayer, and in fact when we spoke with her assistant, she told us that Beth Moore did not have a problem with Richard Foster or Dallas Willard's teachings. Thus we do not expect to see such a statement on her website.

In the meantime, the Be Still DVD is being widely promoted and can be found even in your local video rental stores. Couple this DVD with the fast growing CCN (Church Communication Network) and we can safely say that contemplative prayer is quickly becoming "normal" in Christendom. But before we are too swift to think "oh well, maybe it isn't that bad," listen to these words by mystic Richard Kirby:

"The meditation of advanced occultists is identical with the prayer of advanced mystics."
That statement is taken from Ray Yungen's book, A Time of Departing. Ray saw this coming back in 1994 when he sat and listened to Richard Foster and soon realized Foster was promoting the teachings of mystic Thomas Merton. Ironically enough this was about the same time the Emerging Church was being formed by the Leadership Network (See article).

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